"Seymour 'Swede' Levov - a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous inheritor of his father's Newark glove factory - comes of age in thriving, triumphant post-war America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall - of a strong, confident master of social equilibrium overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder.
'Marvellous...raging and elegiac' James Wood, Guardian
"One of Roth's most powerful novels ever...moving, generous and ambitious...a fiercely affecting work of art." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
"Dazzling...a wrenching, compassionate, intelligent novel...gorgeous." --"Boston Globe
"At once expansive and painstakingly detailed.... The pages of American Pastoral crackle with the electricity and zest of a first-rate mind at work." --"San Francisco Chronicle